Linking Self-Stigma, Veteran Culture & Nursing Care

Research Paper Title

Self-Stigma and Veteran Culture.


Self-stigma is a salient concept in mental health care.

Consequences of self-stigma include increased morbidity and decreased engagement with the health care system. Cultural factors may affect self-stigma and its consequences.

This article utilises the Giger and Davidhizar transcultural assessment model to explore veteran culture and self-stigma.

Veterans have their own cultural values that can affect nursing care.

Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom veterans are seeking care in community settings more often than within the VA system; therefore, all nurses should be aware of the cultural needs of veterans including the impact of self-stigma.


Harding, S. (2016) Self-Stigma and Veteran Culture. Journal of Transculutural Nursing. pii: 1043659616676319. [Epub ahead of print].


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